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David Isay on the History of StoryCorps and the Power of Listening

Audience: 
Open to the Public
Speaker(s): 
David Isay, Founder and President of NPR broadcast, "StoryCorps;" author, “Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps”

David Isay, founder and president of the award-winning “StoryCorps” and author of “Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps,” will present a public talk at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Robertson Hall at the Woodrow Wilson School.  Isay will discuss "The History of StoryCorps and the Power of Listening."  A book sale and signing will follow the discussion.

StoryCorps is a nonprofit organization that honors and celebrates the lives of everyday people through oral histories. To date, more than 90,000 people have participated in StoryCorps. Millions more hear the program each week on National Public Radio.

StoryCorps was honored with a rare institutional Peabody Award in 2007 and received Peabody and Columbia DuPont Awards for its coverage of the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Most recently, StoryCorps won a 2013 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. 

Isay is the recipient of numerous broadcasting honors including four other Peabody Awards for his documentary work and a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. He is the author/editor of numerous books that grew out of his public radio documentary work including The New York Times best-selling “Listening Is an Act of Love,” “Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps” and “All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps.